Yesterday, I gave you my vision for 2014 and my overall goals. Today, I want to share some of my January goals that will help me achieve my overall goals throughout the year! Let's do this, y'all!
-I have a bad habit of laying in bed and scrolling through pinterest, twitter, and instagram before falling asleep. It became a REALLY bad habit when Ty left for Nashville because I was in bed alone and had no one to stop me. Ha! I want to start limiting my social media time, and I KNOW I need to put it down when bedtime draws near. I don't want the last thing I think about to be someone's IG picture or something I'm lusting over on pinterest. Those things don't help me keep Jesus front and center. This month I am going to really work on picking up a book, my bible, or my prayer journal during "down times" instead of reaching for my phone.
2. CALL friends at least once a week.
-I'm not a phone chatter. I just really don't enjoy it that much. But, I know that our "social media" world has started to develop more hands off relationships and that's just not a good thing. I want to really invest in my relationships and picking up the phone is a start to that.
3. Honor my husband by keeping a tidy home and being physically and emotionally ready for his homecoming each night.
-I KNOW some of you are rolling your eyes right now. "Really Nicole? You sound like freaking June Cleaver. Gag." Just hear me out. If you came home from work every night and your husband had out three different projects, a bag of chips, and his phone buzzing every three seconds, how would you feel? How would you feel coming home to a husband who is frazzled from having his mind in a million different things (silly things, not "big" things) and could barely muster up a conversation because he's trying to finish up dinner because he just spent the last three hours browsing pinterest instead of doing something meaningful.
I'd be not happy. I'd feel less important. I'd feel anxious because my home, which should be relaxing and comforting, was in a cluttered state.
NOW. Think about how husbands feel when they come home to that. They might not ever say that they're annoyed or that they wish we would have more of our junk together at night, but I know that my husband would greatly appreciate coming home to a put together how and a non-frazzled wife. I'm going to make it a point to respond to emails and make my business phone calls as soon as I get home from school so that I can start on dinner and be chilled out by the time Tyler gets home. I want to not be thinking about my to-do list or what I SHOULD be doing. Because I SHOULD be loving my husband and investing real time and energy into our marriage. That's what I SHOULD be doing. SO. With that mouthful, I'll leave that point with saying I want to have my junk together so that I can actually enjoy my husbands presence. The end.
4. Slowly build our business by creating a saving plan for equipment and building relationships with clients and peers that will encourage our business.
-This business won't be a "business" overnight. It's going to take time, money, and mental investment for us to get 314 productions rolling. I never want to get into the comparing game and compare where we are with where someone else is. 314 Productions is a straight gift from the Lord. It's a huge blessing to us. I want to be faithful with what the Lord is giving us and do everything by His timing and His plan. This business is ultimately not about me. It's about others. Yes, the Lord has given it to us to fully bless us, but 314 Productions isn't about the money we can make or the status we can have. It's about blessing other couples, enjoying our passion, and living fully in the freedom of the Lord's will. This month, I want to be more prayerful and reflective of how the Lord is working in this new adventure.
5. This month I want to simplify our lifestyle by spending less money on food. It's incredible to me that we could spend the majority of our money on food. I started grocery shopping for the whole month to limit my time in Kroger so that all those processed snack cakes wouldn't be jumping in my basket. ;) I want to be more intentional to have friends in our home instead of going OUT to eat. How much more sweet is it to have friends sitting on our couch and eating at your table than being cramped at a small booth somewhere? MUCH SWEETER. I want to do this more. I think it will not only cut costs, but help build relationships. BONUS.
OKAY. There's that. Five goals that will help me achieve the BIG goals I set for 2014. I'm pumped. Like, really. I am so excited to work on these things and to be more disciplined so that I can BE more and DO more for the Lord. I want to be a more faithful servant this year.
What are your goals for the month? MAKE SOME. You have to start somewhere!